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28 May 2017

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    DECODE: Whose Data is it Anyway?

    DECODE is a new EU project aimed at giving people a greater sense of control over their own data. Click talks to two of the organisers, Eddie Copeland and Francesca Bria, about accessing and sharing data from the big tech companies and realising the ambitions of the project. The nonprofit Women Who Tech and primary sponsor Craig Newmark recently announced the winners of the Women Startup Challenge Europe. Women-led startup Simprints received the grand prize, a grant of €50,000 cash and one-on-one mentoring with Wikipedia Founder, Jimmy Wales. Click talks to Allyson Kapin, founder of Women Who Tech, about the prize. Sasha Kljakovic of The Institute for Innovation and Improvement at Waitemata DHB is about to start a pilot study using VR to train junior doctors in how to respond to emergencies. Simon Morton reports. The French pavilion for the Venice Art Biennale 2017 has been transformed by the artist Xavier Veilhan into a musical space in which professional musicians from all over the world will work throughout the duration of the exhibition. Gareth Mitchell talks Xavier Veilhan about the transformation. (Image caption: Touching Share © Getty Images Plus) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 23 May 2017

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    Click from the 57th Venice Biennale

    In a special edition from the 57th Venice Biennale, Click examines how artists are using digital technology and how their work comments on the role of digital technology in our lives. The programme includes a tour of the Venetian waterways with a blind guide using the specially developed BlindWiki app; there is an interview with the world-renowned curator, Hans Ulrich Obrist on the use of the photocopier in the work of the Italian artist Alighiero Boetti – once described as the Andy Warhol of Europe; Philip Schütte presents his interactive SUN project; and there is a discussion with the artist Lisa Reihana in collaboration with James Pinker on the remarkable and innovative film from New Zealand, in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015-17, a cinematic reimagining of the French scenic wallpaper Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique, 1804-1805, also known as ‘Captain Cook’s voyages’. (Photo caption: Lisa Reihana’s Emissaries exhibition at the New Zealand Pavilion in Venice, projecting the film, in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015-17 © Michael Hall) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 16 May 2017

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    Uber and the Investigating Regulators

    Uber’s woes continue with regulators around the world, but it is now answering allegations of building software to avoid regulators. Click gets an insight into what is going on from Alison van Diggelen in Silicon Valley. Tunisia youth have been using tech to help map their neighbourhood. Click talks to the NGO International Alert who are running a peace tech project and also hears from the youths about how they are empowered by Open Street Map. More than 300 million people around the world speak Arabic, but the language is badly under-represented online. A project in Wellington is aiming to position New Zealand as a 'digital Switzerland' and make Arabic materials easier for students and teachers to find, to access and to share. Click's Simon Morton reports. In July of 2016, Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter toured the Majdanek Concentration Camp in what he vowed would be his final visit. By marrying a stereo video capture of Pinchas within a photoreal roomscale experience, The Last Goodbye reaches profound levels of immersion in service of the first ever VR testimony that will be archived and preserved. Click’s Lauren Hutchinson reports on this extraordinary VR film. (Photo caption: An UBER application is shown as cars drive by in Washington, DC © Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 09 May 2017

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    The Politics of Tech Resistance

    Just over 100 days since President Trump’s inauguration Click’s Alison van Diggelen explores the notion of tech resistance, especially at the University of California’s Berkeley campus. She finds that technologists have woken up to the part they can play in the political conversation; that despite being at the epicentre of high tech, old school methods still have their place; and that some techies are keen to display their non- partisan credentials. A new start-up has just filmed a unique VR/360 film in North Korea. It gives people the chance to explore Pyongyang like Google street view, teleporting from place to place. It is one of several remarkable experiments with VR. Lauren Hutchinson reports on the premiere of Draw Me Close a world first in terms of VR and theatre, and one of the highlights of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Collaborating with inventors Nokia Bell Labs, and technologists Design I/O, singer songwriter Beatie Wolfe has created a ‘world’s first’ way to “stream” an album in the digital age - incorporating real-time AR visuals. Click talks to Beatie Wolfe about the launch of ‘The Raw Space Experience’ Producer: Colin Grant (Photo caption: Tech Resistance Demonstration © Chris Shipley, 100 Days Project)

  • Posted on 02 May 2017

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